With its scenic setting and impossibly quaint townscape, Sankt Gilgen is a delightful destination in which to absorb an ambience of Austrian authenticity. A historic town centre stretches itself onto the stunning shores of Lake Wolfgangsee, creating a rich and rural panorama of the natural and the cultural. In Sankt Gilgen, ancient and authentic Austrian traditions are nurtured; rustic restaurants serve specialities inspired by age old recipes and the vibrant facades of traditional houses speak of a lively and cheerful past that has re-established itself in the present.
Exploring St. Gilgen’s atmospheric Old Town is not the only activity available in the luscious lakeside locality; the majestic mountains that surround the lakeside village feature alluring landmarks that can be observed upon gentle hikes. Most notable is the Kirche Falkenstein, a small and sacred church that draws thousands of pilgrims every year with its shrine status.
As you’d imagine, St. Gilgen’s museums are firmly rooted in its rich historic and cultural heritage; the Town Museum boasts an eclectic collection of colourful embroidery, animal specimens and religious relics that culminate into an intriguing array of artefacts.
Alternately, the cosy and quaint Muzikinstumente Museum boasts a varied and vibrant collection of 1500 musical instruments from around the world. The impressive stature of this selection is enhanced by the fact every artefact has been collected by the same family of music teachers. vPerfect Presentation
A restaurant that seamlessly combines the rustic and the refined is Gasthof zur Post Restaurant, a traditional and tempting restaurant in which regional culinary inheritance is paid homage to. Absrb the ambient atmosphere of the richly decorated room before perusing the menu for signature specialties such as grilled trout and horse radish infused mashed potatoes. (Mozart Square 8, 5340, Sankt Gilgen, Austria)